The fisherman was the youngest of the crew and was found inside the vessel, the captain of the port of Lagos told Lusa.
Speaking to Lusa, Pedro Palma said that the 23-year-old man was the only one of the six crew members who did not go overboard and was found still inside the vessel, "although he was not trapped", while the other five managed to swim to the beach.
“What the remaining five crew members told us is that the vessel capsized very quickly and that they only had time to throw themselves into the sea”, said the official, adding that the victim was found at the entrance to the vessel's cabin.
According to Pedro Palma, the causes of the shipwreck can only be determined after expert opinion is carried out on the coastal fishing vessel, which is 10 metres long, and which is still in the water, near Salema beach.
At the time of the incident, there was no swell, nor practically wind, so the hypothesis that the cause was bad weather “has been ruled out”, he underlined, admitting that there may have been a problem with the stability of the vessel.
The incident that caused the death of one of the six crew members of a fishing vessel took place off Salema beach, in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, in the district of Faro, and the alert was given at 03:30.